I have researched all of the archaeology and theories on the mound building people of south Florida. What I discovered will surprise you. The Great Circle, a 1400 foot wide, 6 feet deep ritual construction built in 800 B.C. ( far left in illustration on left) Predates the Aden, Hopewell and Mississippi mound builders by 1000 years. The unique belief system and social organization of Nort American mound builders originated in the south. First Poverty Point in Louisiana 1650 - 200 B.C. and south Florida around Lake Okeechobee 800 B.C.
Pictured right: Fisheating Creek, Glade County, FL location of the Fort Center Site where Woodland Indians gathered, buried their dead and formed meaningful alliances for 25 centuries.
The Calusa built entire islands from shells, engineered sophisticated canal systems, while producing sophisticated and naturalistic carving of the birds, mammals and reptiles that were their relations and with whom they shared their world.
SEE MY PERSONAL APPEARENCES. I WILL BE PRESENTING A PROGRAM THAT IS A SYNOPSIS OF THE BOOK IN CHARLOTTE, SARASOTA AND MANATEE COUNTIES IN 2019 and 2020, as well as book signings.
Finally, the first comprehensive history of phosphate mining in Florida. With over 100 historic photographs, Florida's Gray Gold chronicles the places, people and technology that were the heart of the mining of Florida's Bone Valley, then and now. You will learn about the speculators, the miners and the people of Bone Valley who witnessed the mining boom into the 21st Century. as well as the growth of the Gulf ports. The book shows the ghost towns and the wastelands, as well as the growing opposition by environmentalists, as well as the industrialization of agriculture that gave rise to phosphate-based fertilizers.
I have been busy research and writing a history in time for the Count's Centennial on April 23,2021. The book begins with the early settlers on the Charlotte Harbor after the Civil War and ends in the present day. Many of the county's most prominent founders are revisited with many surprising reveals.
Wells, The Life and Times and Times of Artist and Anthropologist Wells Moses Sawyer, is my first biography.
I share the incredible and inspiring life story of Wells Moses Sawyer. Sawyers known for his role in the 1895-1896 Pepper-Hearst Expedition of the mounds in Florida, Wells’ biography tells the rest of his story from his simple beginnings in the Missouri Territories during the Civil War to his launching a career as an artist and anthropologist in Washington D.C.. Wells and his family were constantly on the move including their living and working in Spain and Mexico. Wells and his talented artist daughter Helen settled in Sarasota, Florida in 1940s and are credited with founding the Sarasota art colony and movement. As a history it shares the important events in U.S. and world history that were the background for Wells long and productive life. His story will inspire not only the artist, but the dreamer in all of us.
This book will be the first account of the artists who gave birth to the art movement in Sarasota Florida in 1944, as well as give an in depth view of an incredible American artists whose painting are in collections all over the world.